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14 Sep 2006

E COLI
I am so confused.

Earlier in my preg i developed a bladder infection and the urine sample was sent away, my gynae said it was E Coli and i should not bother taking penicillin it wont help, the urizone she gave helped, problem is i hardly ever know when i have a bladder infection (which i think all started earlier the year before being pregnant after an ectopic - catherter etcccc) eventually i developed the 3rd bladder infection at 16 wks pregnant, again no burning so was unaware, thought the frequest urination was from the pregnancy. Turned kidney infection, i was in a lot of pain and very very WEAK, the GP gave me Augmentin and urizone, it has helped after 3 days.

My ? is - ECOLI - thought that was a gut bacteria and caused by eating infected food? how did it get to my bladder/kidneys? is this serious and will i ever rid my body of this thing?

How will it affect my pregnancy?

How do i ensure avoidign future infection other than WATER?

Would it be a good idea to go have my urine tested weekly since it creeps up on me, would hate to have another kidney problem, scary stuff and very sore!!!

Is it true that being cold on the back causes kidney problems?

Thanks - you are the greatest on this site!
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CyberDoc
Cyberdoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Beki
Being pregnant makes one more prone to UTI's as the hormones cause dilatation of the urinary tubes and makes it easier for bacteria to get into the system. E coli is a commensal organism in the bowel - in other words it is normal to have that in your stool. If you wipe the wrong way ( back to front) or if you have sex and the area around your anus is contaminated, you may get E coli UTI. You can prevent it by washing after each bowel movement with water and soap, and always wiping front to back. Also wash before having sex to reduce chance of contamination. Drink 8 glasses of water per day, try cranberry juice as preventative measure, and empty your bladder after sex.
Some women are more prone to get UTI's - you can buy urine dipstix at the pharmacy and test your own urine regularly - ask your GP what to look out for on the strips - usually the leucocytes that turn purple.
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